Monthly Archives: September 2015

Android privacy and App Lock apps

1) In Android there is no way (circa 2015) to give access to some google apps but not gmail (you can uninstall, but nothing preventing a reinstall)

2) So… some recommend AppLock or some other applock app. Add a passcode to gmail and you are set. As long as it’s impossible to uninstall the app lock app itself!

3) But… all of the one’s I’ve looked at give themselves rather excessive permissions. Funny! So forget it.

I mean, it’s commonplace for Android games to do the same thing, but sheesh… for an app lock app itself?!?! Crazy!

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curiosity not passion and vocation

Elizabeth Gilbert — her book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” which is part memoir, part how-to for living a life that’s less routine and more curiosity-driven.

A few notes from the interview:

–Greek word: Eudaimonia — the happiness that comes when you are engaged with your creativity at the highest level.
–We more commonly call it “being in the zone” or “a state of flow”

Gilbert on passion and vocation — scrap that and “focus on the tiny, friendly impulse of curiosity which is within all of us”

Her friend who takes up ice skating at age 40… “this is the only thing that makes her feel so alive…”

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A for effort. Can a growth mindset itself be developed?

Is teaching a growth mindset possible? (In other words, does a person think their intelligence/talents are fixed traits or that they can be developed?)

“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” — Carol Dweck

Dweck thinks so. 10 minute TED talk below complete with brain scans.
(Or play at 1.25 or 1.5 speed! 🙂

In the face of difficulty: “I love a challenge”
“You know, I was hoping this would be informative”

The math video game she mentions I guess is this:

Another way of looking at it is… maybe we are all born with a growth mindset, but many of our experiences can pull it out of us. So the idea should be to not so much teach it, as to not suck it out of people in the first place? Flip side of the same idea I guess.

So that’s why I think Sudbury Schools are approaching things in a reasonable way. Whereas I think most traditional schools are very risky in that it is quite likely that they will suck the growth mindset out. Some kids might make it through intact, but it’s a serious risk.

Hal Sadofsky on which is the riskier approach — Sudbury or traditional school

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Global Warming: What’s the worst that can happen?

Even if the chances are something small like 0.1% or 1% or 5% that human-caused global warming/climate change is
1. happening
2. substantial
3. and there is something we can do about it

It is still worth taking action because it’s not that hard to take action and the risk that it is real is HUGE


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We need new rules for biking / bikers

Reasonable ideas…

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